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How To Sell A Car Online

What to watch out for when selling a car

When it comes time to sell a car online, there are several things that you must look out for.  One of the most common warning flags to be aware of is when a buyer is offering to purchase the car without looking at it or asking questions.  Typically, this type of buyer will offer significantly more money than the listing price, even if there are no other bidders.  This level of eagerness is a red flag to be aware of.  

Some other signs to be on the lookout for are buyers promising to make payments instead of paying with a lump sum, asking for unnecessary personal information, and offering to pay with a check or other unprotected mediums.  Being cognisant of these signs can be a daunting process, which is why working with a consignment car dealer such as GR Auto Gallery is an effective way to reduce the risks. 

How to sell a car without getting scammed

According to the FBI, from May 2014 to December 2017, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received nearly 27,000 complaints, totaling over $54 million in losses. It is important to note that this only includes individuals who submitted their losses to the IC3, which naturally does not include all of those who were affected. It is clear to see that there is a risk when it comes to selling a vehicle online. 

The best way to safely sell a vehicle on the internet is to hire a third party to do the selling for you.  At GR Auto Gallery, we offer vehicle consignment as a way to reduce the headaches and risks associated with online car selling. In this process, we do all of the marketing, back and forth with buyers, and shipping if needed.  Consignment gives our clients peace of mind and awareness that they are being protected from fraud.  Visit our blog page to learn more about selling a car on consignment

Best way to sell a car online

As previously stated, the best and most safe way to sell a car online is to hire a third party to do all of the work for you.  If you need to sell your car quickly, companies like Carvana are good solutions for selling a car in a timely manner.  For sellers who are willing to be patient to ensure they get the most money for selling their car, consignment dealers are an incredibly effective solution.

If you still want to sell online on your own, here is a list of best practices:

  • Be sure to list your vehicle on as many selling websites as possible, such as Cars.com, Autotrader, Facebook Marketplace, etc. 
  • Avoid red flags like the ones listed in this article.
  • The more photos and videos of your vehicle, the better. 
  • Any relevant information about the car will aid you in selling, such as the history of work done, receipts from garages, and other information.